Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Aarti

Posted by Stop Acid Attacks On Wednesday, March 06, 2013


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Aarti hails from Kanpur. In the afternoon of 24th January 2000, while aarti was returning from her tuition classes with her father on scooter, she was attacked by a ruthless follower. They tossed the acid bottle on her face.

The acid went straight on her face. It also burnt a large part of her back and 80% of her face. As per the doctors, the attack was so fierce that if she did not reached the hospital on time, the acid would have entered her brain as well.

The main offender and acid attacker is the son of an income tax officer and aarti’s college mate. Very often he teased aarti, who had opposed him several times for doing this. These incidents started to tense and disturb aarti’s father too. Hence he frequently picked up aarti from her tuition classes to home.

Aarti case is one of most talked about cases in the town. It was kanur’s first recorded acid attack case. This incident had shattered the complete city. People started gathering near the hospital where aarti was hospitalized and demanded to arrest the offenders immediately. Women associations, government as well as non government organizations criticised this incident. It also grabbed its position on the first page of the newspapers. Around ten thousand people gathered in front of the hospital which made her treatment unworkable.

Considering the acuteness of the case, even Kanpur police managed to find and arrest the offender from his maternal uncle’s place and was still searching for the other two offenders who were with the main culprit. Finally after long and tiring efforts, all the offenders were arrested.

And finally after 9 long years in 2009, the Aarti case was brought to the court for its first hearing. The fast track court declared 10 years of imprisonment with rigorous punishment and cash penalty of Rs. 5 Lakhs for Abhinav. Whereas, the other offenders were punished with 8 years of imprisonment and cash penalty of Rs. 2.5 lakhs each. The fight for the right was at last won by Aarti and her family. But it did not last for long as, in December 2010, all the accused successfully escaped from the imprisonment by faking the documents.

Meanwhile, Aarti had gone through 4 major surgeries worth Rs. 16 lakhs. But nothing could do much to her face. Aarti and her family are now tired of the fight that they challenge in everyday life. And Aarti is now fighting her depression each day.

After all dis had happened, aarti’s faily had shifted from Kanpur to Gwalior. Aarti;s father says, “it became very difficult for us to survive in Kanpur anymore, every other day we were threatened to take our case back. People were very curious to know about our daughter which made life too difficult for us. Hence, we had to leave that city. Their financial condition was also one of the major reasons for them to settle in Gwalior where they have a house of their own”


हिंदी 

आरती 

आरती केस कानपुर का सबसे ज्यादा चर्चित केसेस में से एक है. यह कानपुर मे एसिट अटैक का पहला रिपोर्टेड केस था. इससे पहले इंडिया में कुछ गिनी चुनी बार ही एसिड अटैक्स के केसेस सुने गये थे.

ये आरती हैं. कानपुर की रहने वाली आरती 24 जनवरी की दोपहर को अपने पापा के साथ स्कूटर पर  ट्यूशन  से घर लौट रही थी. इसी दौरान मारुती वैन में सवार एक दिलजले आशिक ने अपने कुछ साथियों के साथ मिलकर आरती के चेहरे पर तेज़ाब फ़ेंक दिया. 

तेजाब सीधा उसके चेहरे पर फेंका गया था. उसका कुछ हिस्सा मेरी पीठ पर भी पड़ा. आरती का चेहरा 80% जल चुका था. उसकी एक आईब्रो, आंख की पुतली और नाक का बाया हिस्सा पूरी तरह से गल कर गायब हो गया था. 

तेज़ाब फेंकने वाला मुख्य आरोपी इनकम टैक्स अफसर का बेटा था. जो आरती के ही कालेज का पढ़ने वाला था. वो अक्सर आरती को रोकने और छेडछाड किया करता था. आरती कई बार उसे समझा चुकी थी, लेकिन उस पर इसका कोई असर नहीं पड़ा था. 

आरती पर तेज़ाब फेंकने की इस घटना ने पूरे शहर को झकझोर दिया था. आलम यह था कि जैसे ही अगले दिन लोगों को इसके बारे में पता चला एक बड़ी भीड़ अस्पताल के सामने जुट गई. सभी की मांग थी कि आरोपियों को तुरन्त पकड़ा जाये. अस्पताल के बाहर दस हजार की भींड़ इकठा हो गई थी और जिसके चलते इलाज करने से मना कर दिया था. 

वहीँ पुलिस ने भी तुरंत कार्यवाही करते हुए हमला करने वाले को रात में ही उसके मामा के घर से गिरफ्तार कर लिया था. उसके बाकी बचे दो साथियों की तलाश भी जारी थी. जगह-जगह पुलिस के छापे पड़ रहे थे. बाद में अभिनव का दूसरा साथी भी अगले ही दिन पकड़ लिया गया. 

इस घटना के नौ साल बाद काफी मशक्कत के बाद 2009 मे आरती केस पर सुनवाई शुरू हुई. फास्ट ट्रैक कोर्ट ने अभिनव को 10 साल की रिग्रेस पनिसमेंट और 5 लाख का जुर्माना और उसके साथियों को 8-8 साल की सजा और ढाई ढाई लाख का जुर्माना की सजा सुनाई. सभी को लगा कि आखिर देर से ही सही पर आरती को न्याय तो मिला. आरती के परिवार ने भी लंबी कानूनी लड़ाई लड़ी और जीत ली थी. लेकिन दिसंबर2010 आरती के परिवार को उस समय झटका लगा जब अभिनव ने झूठे डाक्यूमेंट्स कोर्ट के सामने रख कर हाईकोर्ट से जमानत मंजूर करा ली. आरती के परिवार आये दिन हमे केस वापस लेने की धमकियां मिलती रहती थीं.

इलाज के दौरान आरती के चार मेजर ऑपरेशन हुए जिसमे करीब लगभग 16 लाख रूपये खर्च हुए. मगर आरती के चेहरे में कोई खास सुधार नही हुआ. अभिनव को एक साल के भीतर ही बेल मिल जाने पर आरती और उसकी फैमिली के हौसले पस्त हो गये. आरती अब डिप्रेशन मे जिन्दगी गुजार रही है. अब आर्थिक रूप से टूट चुका आरती का परिवार कानपुर छोडकर ग्वालियर आ गया. 

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